California’s Channel Islands: The Archaeology of by Christopher S. Jazwa, Jennifer E. Perry

By Christopher S. Jazwa, Jennifer E. Perry

California’s Channel Islands are a series of 8 islands that reach alongside the state’s southern sea coast from Santa Barbara’s element notion to the Mexican border. renowned vacationer locations this present day, those islands as soon as supported many of the earliest human populations within the Americas; archaeological facts of maritime Paleo-Indian settlements at the northern islands dates again a few 13,000 years. The indigenous peoples of the islands—the Chumash of the northern islands and the Tongva of the southern islands—thrived into old occasions through depending upon the abundance and variety of marine and terrestrial assets to be had to them. California’s Channel Islands presents a definitive archaeological research of those precise islands and their population, and is the 1st booklet to debate the islands and their peoples holistically instead of separately or by means of subgroup.

Tracing the human profession of the islands from the earliest payment on the finish of the Pleistocene by way of marine-adapted foragers with subtle stone device applied sciences to the tragic tale of historical depopulation carrying on with into the 19th century, individuals speak about issues together with human payment styles on small and big scales, prehistoric trails, using plant assets, and ceremonialism. additionally they deal with the selections that folks made whilst faced with different and altering environments. through concentrating on unique features of human relationships with California’s Channel Islands via time, they inform a narrative of cost, subsistence, and formality at the coastal fringe of western North America.

This compendium of scholarship condenses many years of excavation and research right into a unmarried, illuminating quantity that might be fundamental for these drawn to the Channel Islands or New international background or archaeology.


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